Psychology Professor Scott Churchill Named a 2014 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor
The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation named Professor of Psychology Scott Churchill
a 2014 Piper Professor May 1. The award, which annually honors 10 professors in Texas
colleges and universities for outstanding achievement in the teaching profession,
is widely regarded as the most prestigious of its kind in the state and comes with
Churchill has taught at UD for 35 years. In addition to having served as department
chair and as founding director of its current graduate programs, he serves as a fellow
and film critic at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and for the past
three decades as film and performing arts critic for the Irving Community Television
Network. Previously he has served as director of the University of Dallas Base Camp
for the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots and Shoots educational initiative. During his
time at UD he has taught more than 50 different upper-level courses and worked with
hundreds of students.
He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University. Churchill
also serves as editor-in-chief of the academic journal The Humanistic Psychologist
and as an elected council representative for the American Psychological Association.
"Taking classes with Dr. Churchill reminded me of why I became a psychology major,
and his enthusiasm for the subject left me with the curiosity to learn more outside
of class," said UD student Caroline Watanabe.
Churchill joins six other UD Piper professors, including University Professor Louise
Cowan; Cherie Clodfelter, professor emerita of education; Frank Doe, associate professor
of biology; Rich Olenick, professor of physics; Judy Kelly, professor emerita of drama,
and Sr. Clodovia Lockett, emerita biology professor.
"I am so very honored - and humbled - to be in such distinguished company in receiving
the 2014 Piper Professor award. Most of all, I wish to thank my students, past and
present, who have always been my inspiration. I thank you all from the bottom of my
heart," said Churchill.